Increased rates of deforestation in South America, including Colombia, Bolivia and Peru

Increased rates of deforestation in South America, including Colombia, Bolivia and Peru

The latest data from the Global Forest Observatory show that the geographic distribution of virgin forest damage has begun to change. South American forests face greater threats.

The original rainforest in Colombia has been cut down. In Bolivia, most of the deforestation and change of forest use are related to large-scale agriculture and pasture development, especially in Chaco.

Bolivia’s original rainforests have declined. In Peru, the number of new skidding routes in remote areas of the Amazon has surged, indicating an increase in deforestation. Forest losses in Peru are generally caused by the development of small-scale agriculture, including some illegal Coca production.

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